Hello, I'm new. I'm not sure if I have Fibromyalgia or not. I had a few questions to see though. I do not get a lot of muscle pain, but I get a lot of tendonitis... in my knees, shoulders, ankles, and wrists. I work out a lot, but I don't overdo it. I also am very tired all the time. I have been diagnosed with depression so maybe it could be due to that, but then I don't understand all of the tendonitis?? Also, what does the pain feel like when someone presses on a pressure point used to diagnose fibromyalgia? Is it a like a searing pain? I feel pain, but it's just a general discomfort... like a nusance " I don't like that" type of thing. Let me know what you all think. Thanks a bunch.
Hey, I am also new to the message board but have had fibromyalgia for 30 something years. I will be glad to describe my pain so you can compare. When I get up in the morning I feel like I've been run over by a semi truck sometime during the night, that's all over from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. I get better as the day goes by, Thank God! As for the trigger points they are generally located for me in the muscles located around the large joints in the body. If you press on my muscles near those areas it is like a dull hyperdermic needle going in. Verrrry painful burn, and it doesn't stop for a while. The large muscles in my body also feel to short, like from my neck to my shoulder joint, so any stretch makes them burn. That's the way I feel but I also think there are different types and degrees, so I think it's helpful to compare symptoms. I can also say mine has gotten worse as I have gotten older. I will be glad to help you any way I can as far as your symptoms because there are a lot of strange ones that you would never connect with fibromyalgia. kimzer
When someone mentions tendonitis, the first thing I think of is, have you had a full thyroid panel run recently. Endocrine aberrations can contribute significantly to fibro pain. And for me, the tendonitis is definitely a low-thyroid signal.
Most docs are trained to screen thryoid w/a TSH test, which is insufficient if you have fibro &/or tendonitis. You need to have these tests: free T3, free T4, and thyroid antibodies. No other tests can substitute for the information you get from these. And, if you have the tests run, get hard copies of the lab results, complete w/reference ranges. You want to know where you are in those ref ranges -- towards the middle is better than at the low end for the free thyroid hormones.
Of course, some people prefer to medicate pain away, but if there is a thyroid hormone deficit, it does make sense to address that.
If you work out a lot, you may already take a multivite with extra Bs, but if not, you may want to look into that. B6 deficiency can trigger susceptibility to tendonitis.
I think people vary in their response to the tender points. And, how it feels may also depend on whether you're in a flare or not.